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Poster: Cnick Date: Nov 27, 2005 10:36am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Grateful Dead's economic troubles

The bottom line seems to be that the GD is over and was finalized in '95 at Jerry's death. It's not being a fair weather fan to say that the remaining members are trying to squeeze the final lifeblood out of the thing by incorporating all of the tapes that were freely traded and "exploited" by the fans. They - the remaining members - tried to tour and failed miserably. Tried to resurrect Alpine Valley. Tried to sell snow skis that weren't very good and - despite everything they tried to do extravagantly and over the top - I still love 'em.

While there are a number of folks out there that may be reproducing these things and selling them "somewhere", most of us are reliving a "jones" for a time in our life when we were seemingly part of that "family" of gypsyies. Some of us have long moved into new phases of our life where trading is not readily available and friends provide 1, 2, or 3 tapes in a snail male transaction. But to take all of the tapes, soundboard or aud, and say we can't trade as a community is absurd. the "Band Policy" clearly states that there is to be no commercialization with the uploaded music - did this happen somewhere? Or is it the GDP trying to float the company with the "Picks" since the other "over the top" merchandise is not appealing?

Quite frankly, itr speaks ill in light of his tone and intent to now say that "we must protect the integrity" of the music. People will still buy "Dicks" stuff, the same way the kids are buying the "blue light" posters from the seventies. But each one of these tapes of shows that a person has been to holds a lasting memory of one "moment of clarity" or joy from a show that GDP or Dick will never be capable of reproducing.

It's a shame that the family has brought it to this - one way or another.

Chris

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Poster: gdead49 Date: Nov 27, 2005 3:17pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Grateful Dead's economic troubles

To Cnick: I thought the Grateful Dead were over when Pig Pen passed on and they just carried on. Peace

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Poster: nagdot Date: Nov 28, 2005 2:37am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Grateful Dead's economic troubles

yes the grateful dead blues band did kick ass who wouldnt have loved a 30 min lovelight with piggy ramblin on hats off by far

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